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Thursday, Aug. 13: Dawson the hero

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 13, 2009

Kicker Phil Dawson drew a huge cheer as practice ended, hitting a 50-yard field goal to give his teammates the night off from meetings. Presumably they will still have curfew.

''Because of No. 4 we get to go home for a little while,'' receiver Braylon Edwards said.

Who's not practicing: Nose tackle Shaun Rogers, linebacker David Bowens, running back Jerome Harrison, receiver David Patten and tight end John Madsen. Cornerback Eric Wright had his right foot and ankle examined, but returned to action. Back on the field were Edwards, receiver Lance Leggett and rookie running back James Davis, who said he missed two sessions after having a wisdom tooth removed.

Edwards, who missed some practice time Wednesday with what appeared to be an ankle injury, said he expects to play in Saturday's preseason opener at Green Bay.

QB update: Much of the practice was a glorified walk-through, especially on a rare day without pads. But Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn got chances in the two-minute drill at the end of the session.

Anderson looked shaky at the start, overthrowing a wide open tight end Robert Royal, who had beaten safety Brodney Pool. But Anderson finished the possession with a touchdown pass to receiver Mike Furrey. Cornerback Corey Ivy was in tight coverage, but Anderson lofted a perfect strike over Furrey's outside shoulder. Anderson ran off the field, yelling, ''Sorry,'' to Ivy, then chest-bumped No. 3 quarterback Brett Ratliff. Furrey also had a big catch and run on fourth down to keep the drive alive.

Quinn's possession lasted just four plays. After hitting tight end Martin Rucker for a short gain, Quinn's pass to rookie receiver Brian Robiskie was incomplete and nearly picked off by two defenders. His third-down toss to Robiskie was low. After a flag on fourth and 2, Quinn's pass to rookie receiver Jordan Norwood fell incomplete.

Quote of the day: ''American.'' -- Defensive end Corey Williams, who spent his first four years in Green Bay, on his favorite cheese.

Spotted at practice: Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, his first appearance of training camp. Kosar is the Browns' preseason television analyst.

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